A fundraiser supporting a local nonprofit will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers' first Super Bowl win, along with game highlights from some special guests.
Several of the players who were part of that championship team in 1975 will share stories about Super Bowl IX during the inaugural Super Bowl Rematch on Oct. 21 in Grove City.
The event benefits Adventures in Training with a Purpose, which provides training, physical therapy, rehab, after-school programs, and more for area residents.
It's being hosted by Jon Kolb, ATP's executive director and former Pittsburgh Steeler. He won four Super Bowls with the Steelers including the 1975 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Kolb and his family – wife Deborah and sons Caleb, Eric and Tanner – lived in Grove City for many years.
Tickets are on sale now for the fundraiser, which will be held at the Grove City Masonic Lodge 603, 1340 W. Main St. A VIP breakfast is set for 9:30 to 11 a.m., and general admission entry is at 11 a.m.
VIP tickets are $500, which includes entry for two people plus the breakfast with open bar, an autographed game day T-shirt, food and beverages, a private auction, and entry for a golf package drawing.
General admission tickets are $55 per person. Food and beverages will be served throughout the day, Steelers items will be auctioned off, and Kolb will give a presentation about ATP.
Attendees will get to watch Super Bowl IX accompanied by a play-by-play from Kolb and his teammates, who will also describe behind-the-scenes action and game strategies.
The idea for the Super Bowl Rematch came about during a discussion between Ray Abplanalp of Grove City and Caleb Kolb, who is ATP's director of nonprofit development. The two families have known each other for years, and Abplanalp admires ATP's work.
The organization was founded in 2015 after the Kolbs saw a need for helping people with therapy and rehab, especially folks who have no health insurance, or plans that don't cover necessary services.
The Christian-based nonprofit offers one-on-one training and guidance for people recovering from an injury, or living with a chronic illness; an after-school program for at-risk youth in Sharon and Farrell; assistance for veterans in Mercer, Trumbull and Mahoning counties; and in-home sessions for homebound individuals.
The ATP staff works mainly out of three locations: First Assembly of God Church in Hermitage; MAC Fitness in Wexford; and Bless Body Fit in Youngstown.
On Monday, Abplanalp met with the Kolbs in Hermitage, where the church donates its gymnasium space to ATP.
"We are so grateful...They see it as a ministry," Jon Kolb said of the church's generosity.
Individuals and families can buy memberships to exercise or train with ATP, and those in therapy or rehab who need financial assistance pay what they can afford.
"We try and help everyone," Caleb Kolb said.
ATP is financed by membership fees, donations, grants, and fundraisers like the Super Bowl Rematch.
ATP works with clients who have been in car accidents or have been injured, or deal with conditions like multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease and arthritis.
Veterans who have been honorably discharged are eligible to join ATP for free thanks in part to a grant from Freedom Warriors. Jon Kolb talked about one veteran who trains with ATP; he earned a Bronze Star.
"It very much humbles you," he said of working with people who come from different backgrounds.
Ed Camlin of Greenville was completing some strengthening exercises on Monday along with his wife Linda. Camlin developed a gait disorder after his brain was affected by medication about six years ago.
A friend told the Camlins about ATP two years ago, and they said they appreciate the one-on-one support. Mrs. Camlin exercises along with her husband to improve her bone mass.
"They're such a blessing to us," she said, adding that she's seen her husband's mobility improve.
Jon Kolb is a good guy who is paying it forward, Camlin said.
"This is where his heart is," he said.
Kay and Kevin Filer of Volant have been visiting ATP for a few weeks. Filer had a stroke in October, and his wife has already seen an improvement in his balance and walking.
"He's happier, boosting his confidence," said Mrs. Filer, who enjoys exercising with the staff.
Irene Thomas of Sharon was in a motorcycle accident several weeks ago, and is recovering from a broken neck and pelvis, among other injuries.
She started coming to ATP in a wheelchair, and she's now walking with help from two poles. The staff is nice and they have improved her morale, she said.
"I feel like myself again," Thomas said, balancing on an exercise ball with help from Caleb and Jon Kolb.
The two men said that they're trying to show people the importance of helping others. Job Kolb recalled a story from his son Tanner, who led a kayaking trip on the Colorado River.
His fellow kayakers were blind, and one of the men had no problem righting himself after the rushing water knocked him down.
"It's about helping people get their 'flip up' back," Jon Kolb said of his family's work.
His ATP staff has grown into a family, much like what he experienced during his time with the Steelers.
"I believe a family wins the Super Bowl," Jon Kolb said.
The Kolbs and Abplanalp are looking forward to the Super Bowl Rematch, which they hope becomes an annual event.
"We're blessed to have people like Ray who want to help," Jon Kolb said.
For more information about Adventures in Training with a Purpose or to buy tickets for the Super Bowl Rematch, visit www.adventurestraining.org
Questions can be directed to Ray Abplanalp at 724-866-3457 or Caleb Kolb at 724-967-1628.